Life is Wonderful raises £120,000 for charity

Sherene Melinda Ella Tote auction at Life is Wonderful

At the beginning of this year, we announced the news that we were to be involved with a special event called Life is Wonderful. We were pleased to donate our pink and taupe Ella leather tote bag for a privately held auction. The intended purpose of this auction was to raise money and awareness for Global Citizen, an organisation dedicated to fighting worldwide poverty and inequality.

The event honoured the three surviving men of the infamous Rivonia trial, which took place in South Africa in 1964. Denis Goldberg, Ahmed ‘Kathy’ Kathrada and Andrew Mlangeni were all sentenced to life imprisonment at the conclusion of the trial alongside Nelson Mandela. In the name of racial equality, freedom and justice, the three men between them served 74 years in prison.

What happened?

The event was a huge success and raised over £120,000 for Global Citizen. The visit of Denis Goldberg, Ahmed ‘Kathy’ Kathrada and Andrew Mlangeni brought great joy for many, including 40 young people who were hosted alongside the three at Downing Street by David Cameron.

The three men also received the Freedom of the City of London at Guildhall in front of an audience of 200 people, in recognition of their fight for freedom and racial equality. It is a ceremonial and prestigious award first introduced in the 13th Century, recipients of which include Lord Nelson and J.K Rowling.

We are pleased to have been part of such an important event and glad that our handbags could help make a change for those less fortunate across the world. Thank you to the organisers for giving us the chance to be involved, to everyone who donated and to all of you for helping to share the news of this fantastic event.

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MATERIALS

Our handbags are made using leather both inside and out. We use nappa leather on the outside and the handbags are lined with an ecofriendly (using no harmful chemicals or dyes) natural pigskin leather in the inside. This helps to make our bags incredibly soft and luxurious but also durable and longlasting.

For our signature feature that we have become known for we use genuine Springbok hair-on-hide leather. The ethical source of the materials is very important to us. Springbok are classified as non-cites (which means there is no threat to the survival of the species) and the animals live freely in abundance in South Africa. The sustainability of the species is carefully managed and the population is culled to keep the ecosystem in balance. The local food industry benefits from this and the by-products are also utilised in decorative ways in interiors, furniture and fashion.

All our leathers are a by-product of the food-industry.

We use only high quality YKK zips and silver-coloured metal chains, studs and handbag hardware.

All our handbags are offered with a white cotton dustbag to keep them clean.